NATO Reaffirms Committment To Support Afghan Forces
At the plenary meeting of the Afghan National Army Trust Fund Board on Tuesday, June 4, at NATO Headquarters – NATO Allies and partners confirmed their steadfast support to the financial sustainment of the Afghan security forces.
Together with representatives of the donors’ community, they reviewed the Trust Fund management, implementation and performance; and they outlined future requirements.
Participants included the Canadian Ambassador in Kabul, Dave J. Metcalfe (donor nation co-chair of the Trust Fund), Colin F. Jackson, US Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Central Asia (representing the Trust Fund manager), Lieutenant General Jim Rainey, Commander Combined Security Transition Command – Afghanistan, Mr. Mohammad Humayoun Qayoumi, Acting Afghan Minister of Finance, Mr. Abdul Hai Rauf, the Afghan Deputy Defence Minister; and Ms. Pesce-Monteiro, Director of the United Nations Development Programme Representation Office in Brussels.
“In the framework of the Chicago Summit in 2012, the international community committed to supporting the Afghan security forces beyond the end of the 2014 transition period and pledged funding for 2015 to 2017. At the Warsaw Summit in 2016, nations agreed to continue the financial support for the sustainment of the Afghan security forces until 2020. Last year, at the Brussels summit, donors agreed to extend their funding support through 2024,” said Jens Stoltenberg, NATO Secretary General said.
“It is difficult to overstate the political significance of the demonstration of long-term commitment by the international community to Afghanistan’s security and how much this commitment is influencing the Taliban’s considerations to enter into a discussion on a negotiated solution to the conflict in Afghanistan; and the Afghan National Army Trust Fund plays an important part in linking this international commitment with worthwhile projects that improve the capabilities of the Afghan forces and help keeping them in the fight,” Stoltenberg added.
He said today’s meeting “is evidence of strong and continued commitment to the financial support of the Afghan security forces, improving chances for a negotiated solution to the conflict and for peace that all Afghans demand.